Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Good Morning! for about eight more minutes.

I have been seeing A LOT of pictures on FB about re-purposing items, all sorts of items.  So on a much smaller scale, I re-purposed a small bag that I had from the Tea & Spice Exchange in Fort Worth.  (I LOVE this place!!!)

I needed a bag to put a thank you gift in.  The gift is from my husbands boy scout troop to our family doctor (who was a member when his boys were younger), he does summer camp physicals for the boys every year for free.

This is the inspector, she was making sure the camera was on.

This is the side of the bag, I decided not to cover it up,
I like the idea of letting people see
that the bag has been repurposed.

This is the front of the bag.
I used a thinlet die from Stampin' Up!
for the base to cover up the store info.
The hiking figure I got from the Silhouette store,
I then added the offset for an outline image.
The Font is from my computer - Bookman Old Style - which I added the offset outline to as well.

This is the back of the bag.
Again I used the thinlet die from SU! to cover the store's info.
The circle "Tag" is an image from "Nitwits" called Lodge Creek.
I had to trace the design in Silhouette and then offset the circle. 
I then removed the traced images from the offset outline. 
I printed up the image that cut the exact shape with my Sil.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Leave a note to let me know what you think! THX!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Friday!
I have been trying to post from my IPAD Air for two weeks now!  After I've been typing for a bit the screen goes blank and then to my wallpaper and everything I've typed is lost!!  Grrr.  So now I'm on the desktop - which is probably where I should have been in the first place.

Last week I completed a challenge at Die Cutin' Divas and was pretty happy with it, but alas that was one of the posts that kept getting deleted.  I'll have to try to get it switched from my IPAD to the desktop so I can post it. This weeks challenge came in handy.

I used my Silhouette and even though it took ME a long time, I love the fact that I can create the layout, and cut all the pieces out of various shapes and colors on almost one mat!

Here is my contribution to this weeks challenge.  The story behind my card is that we have a friend who lost his Mom this week and I needed a sympathy card for him.  I remember seeing a post on FB about "The Legend of the Cardinal" and how when you see one, it's actually the spirit of a loved one who has past on and is letting you know that they are still with you. 

The layout:

Here is my card:

The size of the card is a little too big at 6"x7" and took a lot of time for me to make.
 All the solid papers are from Stampin' Up!, the patterned paper is from Authentique
Collection - Adore "Always" two sided paper.
The Font is from my computer called "Agnes".
The 3D rose is from Maya Road,
and the rhinestone stickers are from docrafts Papermania

I used SU!'s pop dots for dimension

Since the card base would have measured, 6" x 14" I made the top base 6"x8" and the back base 6"x7".  The top piece I scored at 1" and attached the back to it.  I then added a strip of the patterned paper over the 1" strip at the top. Confused? I know I am.

Well, that's it for now, I have some sewing to do.
Have a GREAT weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

WOW! my last post was in March 2015! 

A LOT of stuff has gone on between then and now. Well, our youngest graduated High School that June and there was A LOT of preparation for that.  Then it was summer and hubs and I took another EPIC road trip. We headed out of TEXAS through the panhandle of Oklahoma, then through Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.  We hung a left and crossed into Montana, headed down through Wyoming and into Colorado.  From there we went into New Mexico and back into TEXAS. It was a wonderful trip.  People really do need to stop flying and ride the highways and byways of our great country. The sights are impressive, thought provoking, a little sad at times, but most defiantly beautiful.

I have been re-evaluating my blog.  Obviously I'm not very good at keeping up with it. I realized that there were a lot of things I wasn't keeping up with, so I made a couple of resolutions for this year.

The very first thing I did was pick an inspirational word to focus on. After a few days of  picking and choosing and tossing out words, I finally settled on CONSISTANCY.

for me, this word means
  1. keeping a little more organized (utilizing my "DUMP DIARY" more)
  2. setting aside a few moments of the day just for me
  3. staying in the moment, being aware of the present and not so much on what's down the road.
Hopefully by doing this, my home will stay cleaner, I will have less stress and time will(?) slow down.

I'm also doing some charitable sewing. 
  1. 2-5 cute & fun pillowcases for the cancer center at our local hospital. 
  2. Lap quilts for our towns Police force to use on domestic dispute calls.  (I also go to Kohl's once a month to get the stuffed animal and book that they have for their "Kohl's Cares" program.  The stuffed animals are only $5. and the police department uses them too.)
So my hands and heart are full and happy.

As for my card making, I just participated in two January challenges.  One from "Die Cut Divas" and one from "Cut it Up!". 

The first challenge is from Die Cut Diva's . It's their first sketch challenge for 2016. 

Here is the sketch
Here is my card
The die cut is from my silhouette
and the image is from Nitwits called Nitwit Hollow
the paper is So Saffron from Stampin Up! as is the ribbon that is retired. 
The gems are from Stampendous!

This is the inside, I used scrap strips from the front piece of DP
and  punches from Stampin Up! for the flower

Since the card was 5x5 inches I made the envelope out of the same DP

It was a perfect challenge.  So simple and quick!

The second challenge is from Cut It UP! In this challenge you had to re-use a gift bag that had a logo or store identification on it.  I do this all the time and since I needed a quick bag and for this Saturday, this is what I did.

I bought a gift in Grandbury, Texas for a friend of mine.  We are meeting this Saturday to exchange gifts. Yes, Christmas gifts.  Anyway, again I used my silhouette and a file that I purchased from their store. The bag from the shop was purple and the tissue they used was lime green and black.  Not your usual Christmas colors but fun none the less. I added some silver and gold ribbon (to go with the subtle theme of the cartoon "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer")

You should check out both sites so you can see some of the fabulous contributions!